Royal British Legion Club, Penarth donate £2,000 towards Cenotaph refurbishment

The Royal British Legion Club (Penarth) has given The Vale of Glamorgan Council £2,000 towards the refurbishment of the Cenotaph in Alexandra Park.

Cllr Geoff Cox, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, received a cheque from club Chairman Philip Morris while members Richard James and Philip Curtis were also in attendance.

This contribution will help towards the overall project cost of £10,000, with Section 106 money secured by the Council from local developments making up the rest.

The donation means £2,000 from this Section 106 pot can now be used to improve other areas of the park.

Work will involve the Cenotaph undergoing a full refurbishment, which includes cleaning its granite and bronze elements as well as relettering.

Situated on a raised grass mound within Alexandra Park, the Cenotaph was originally unveiled on November 11, 1924, but nearly 100 years on is in need of facelift.

Cllr Cox said: “I’m delighted to accept this cheque on behalf of the Council, which will be put towards this most worthwhile project.

“The Penarth British Legion has made a very generous contribution to help ensure this important monument is restored to its former glory.

“The Cenotaph provides a crucial link to the past and to the people from this area that made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that so many of us take for granted today. It is only right that it should stand in resplendent condition as a focal point in Alexandra Park.”

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